Patents Assigned to COLOPL, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10936149
    Abstract: A method includes providing a virtual space to a first user via a head-mounted device (HMD) including a display. The virtual space includes a first avatar associated with the first user, a character object operable based on an input operation on a controller, a second avatar associated with a second user, and a virtual camera defining a field-of-view image to be provided to the HMD. The method further includes determining a viewpoint mode. In a first viewpoint mode the virtual camera is associated with a viewpoint of the first avatar. In a second viewpoint mode the virtual camera is associated with a viewpoint of the character object. The viewpoint is determined based on at least one of an input operation determined in advance on the controller or a state of the controller. The method includes providing the field-of-view image via the HMD in accordance with the determined viewpoint mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Atsushi Inomata
  • Patent number: 10894211
    Abstract: A method including defining a virtual space. The virtual space contains a first player character associated with a first user, a second player character associated with a second user, and virtual points of view for defining field-of-view images to be provided to a first HMD associated with the first user and to a second HMD associated with the second user. The method includes identifying first and second parts of the second player character. The method includes moving the first part in synchronization with a detected movement of the second user. The method includes displaying the second part in connection with a detected movement of the first part. The method includes setting a first transparency rate of the first part and a second transparency rate of the second part. A transparency rate of at least a portion of the second part is greater than the transparency rate of the first part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Sawaki
  • Patent number: 10860089
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space including a virtual camera. The method further includes displaying on a head-mounted device a field of view in the virtual space based on a location of the virtual camera in the virtual space. The method further includes moving the field of view by updating the image displayed on the head-mounted device. Moving of the field of view includes moving the field of view at a first speed. Moving of the field of view further includes moving the field of view at a second speed slower than the first speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Atsushi Inomata
  • Patent number: 10776991
    Abstract: A method of providing a virtual experience to a user includes identifying a plurality of virtual objects. The method further includes detecting a position of a part of the user's body other than the user's head. The method further includes detecting a reference line of sight of the user. The method further includes setting an extension direction for a first virtual object of the plurality of virtual objects based on a direction of the reference line of sight. The method further includes setting a region for a first virtual object of the plurality of virtual objects, wherein the region comprises a part extending in the extension direction. The method further includes determining whether the first virtual object and a virtual representation of the part of the body have touched based on a positional relationship between the region and a position of the virtual representation of the part of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Shuhei Terahata
  • Patent number: 10719911
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space including a virtual camera; an operation object; and a target object. The method includes detecting a position of a head-mounted device and a position of a part of a body other than a head. The method includes moving the virtual camera in accordance with movement of the head-mounted device. The method includes moving the operation object in accordance with movement of the part of the body. The method includes selecting the target object in accordance with movement of the operation object. Selecting the target object includes correcting a direction or a position of the target object based on a positional relationship between the operation object and the target object; and associating the target object, the corrected direction or the corrected position, with the operation object. The method includes moving the target object in accordance with movement of the operation object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Yuki Kono, Ippei Kondo, Takeshi Kada
  • Patent number: 10713834
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space comprising a first avatar and a second avatar, wherein the first avatar is associated with a first user, and the second avatar is associated with a second user. The method further includes receiving a first input from the first user. The method further includes performing charging-related processing based on the received first input. The method further includes requesting a performance by the second avatar in response to performance of the charging-related processing. The method further includes detecting a motion of the second user in response to the requesting of the performance. The method further includes moving the second avatar in accordance with detected motion of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Kento Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10668369
    Abstract: A method including acquiring positional information for identifying a position of a terminal associated with a first player. The method further includes acquiring a map corresponding to a predetermined region having the position as a center of the map. The method further includes progressing a game associated with the first player based on the positional information and the map. The method further includes acquiring facility information for identifying a facility contained in the map. The method further includes setting a game parameter corresponding to the first player based on the facility information. The method further includes progressing the game based on the game parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Atsushi Inomata
  • Patent number: 10664950
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space including a virtual camera; an operation object; and a target object. The method includes detecting a position of a head-mounted device and a position of a part of a body other than a head. The method includes moving the virtual camera in accordance with movement of the head-mounted device. The method includes moving the operation object in accordance with movement of the part of the body. The method includes selecting the target object in accordance with movement of the operation object. Selecting the target object includes correcting a direction or a position of the target object based on a positional relationship between the operation object and the target object; and associating the target object, the corrected direction or the corrected position, with the operation object. The method includes moving the target object in accordance with movement of the operation object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Yuki Kono, Ippei Kondo, Takeshi Kada
  • Patent number: 10607398
    Abstract: A display control method for execution by a system including a head-mounted device. The display control method includes generating virtual space data for defining a three-dimensional virtual space. The display control method further includes displaying a visual-field image on the head-mounted device based on a visual field of the virtual space data. The display control method further includes updating the visual-field image in response to a detected movement of the head-mounted device exceeding a threshold. Updating the visual-field image includes changing a scale of an object in the virtual space by adjusting an angular range of the visual-field image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Takanori Yoshioka, Taichiro Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10609437
    Abstract: A method of providing content using a head-mounted device. The method includes receiving, by a terminal configured to display a screen for logging in to the application, input of user identification information by a user, wherein the user identification information associates the user with a first application. The method further includes receiving, by the terminal, when authentication using the user identification information is successful, a login key for logging in to a content providing service by the first application. The method further includes transmitting, by the terminal, based on input of a login instruction using the login key by the user wearing the head-mounted device, the login key to a server. The method further includes receiving, by the terminal, from the server, content viewable in a head-mounted display mode following successful authentication using the login key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Norihiro Kubo
  • Patent number: 10599286
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space. The virtual space comprises a first avatar object, a first character object, a second avatar object, and a second character object. The method includes defining a plurality of operation modes for operating the virtual space. The method includes moving, in accordance with an operation of the virtual space by the first user being executed in the first mode, the first character object in accordance with the input to the first controller. The method includes moving, in accordance with an operation of the virtual space by the first user being executed in the second mode, the first avatar object based on the input to the first controller. The method includes generating a visual-field image in accordance with a motion of a head-mounted device (HMD) associated with the first user. The method includes displaying the visual-field image on the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Atsushi Inomata
  • Patent number: 10589176
    Abstract: A method of providing a virtual space. The method includes defining a virtual space by a processor. The method further includes displaying a field of view of the virtual space on a head mounted display device. The method further includes detecting, by the processor, a motion of the user wearing the head mounted display device. The method further includes determining, by the processor, a flying direction for an object in the virtual space in response to the detected motion. The method further includes flying, by the processor, the object within the virtual space in accordance with the flying direction. The method further includes moving, by the processor, the field of view in the flying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Yuki Kono, Naruatsu Baba
  • Patent number: 10573062
    Abstract: A method including defining a virtual space for immersing a user. The method further includes defining a field of view of a head mounted display. The method further includes generating an image of the field of view based on the virtual space that is visually recognizable by the user. The method further includes updating the image of the field of view in synchronization with movement of the head mounted display. The method further includes generating the image of the field of view including a guiding region which covers a part of the virtual space for guiding a sight line of the user when the image of the field of view is updated without synchronization with the movement of the head mounted display. The method further includes displaying the image of the field of view on the head mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Takao Kashihara
  • Patent number: 10567818
    Abstract: A video content distribution system including a user terminal and a content management server connected via a communication network. The content management server continues transmitting field-of-view video data associated with a first viewpoint to the user terminal at least for a time period from the time when a transmission unit transmits a viewpoint switch request signal for requesting a switch from the first viewpoint to a second viewpoint to the time when a reception unit receives field-of-view video data associated with the second viewpoint. In response to the reception unit receiving the viewpoint switch request signal, a viewing stop time determining unit determines a first viewing stop time at which viewing display stops displaying the field-of-view video from the first viewpoint, and a viewing start time determining unit determines a second viewing start time at which the display start displaying the field-of-view video from the second viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Kento Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10564801
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space containing an avatar object and the avatar object includes a virtual head and a virtual body. The method includes receiving first information, wherein the first information contains information indicating a relationship between a first direction indicating a direction in which a real body is facing and a second direction indicating a direction in which a real head is facing. The method includes determining in which of a first mode or a second mode the avatar object is to be controlled. The method includes controlling the avatar object without synchronizing movement of the virtual head and movement of the virtual body in response the first mode being set. The method includes controlling the avatar object so that the movement of the virtual head and the movement of the virtual body are synchronized with each other in response the second mode being set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Naruatsu Baba
  • Patent number: 10560724
    Abstract: A video content distribution system including a user terminal on which contents are viewable and a content management server. The user terminal includes a first reception unit configured to receive field-of-view video data. The user terminal includes a display control unit configured to display a field-of-view video. The user terminal includes a viewpoint switch request signal generating unit for requesting a switch from a first viewpoint to a second viewpoint in the field-of-view video. The user terminal includes a first transmission unit configured to transmit the viewpoint switch request signal to the content management server. The content management server includes a second reception unit configured to receive the viewpoint switch request signal. The content management server includes a second transmission unit configured to transmit the field-of-view video data. The content management server further includes a switch count updating unit configured to update a count of switches to the second viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Kento Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10553033
    Abstract: A head-mounted display system includes an inclination detector for detecting an inclination of a head-mounted display. The head-mounted display system further includes a display controller for generating an application image in accordance with the detected inclination for display on the head-mounted display. The display controller is configured to superimpose a menu image on the application image for display on the head-mounted display in response to a determination that the detected inclination exceeding a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kuribara
  • Patent number: 10546407
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space including includes a first avatar object associated with a first user. The first avatar object includes a first part and a second part. The method includes moving the first avatar object in response to a first input from the first user. The first input includes a first motion information for identifying a motion of a part of a body of the first user, and the first part of the first avatar object is moved in accordance with the first motion information. The method includes acquiring supplementary information, independent of a detected movement of the first user, for defining a motion of the second part. The method includes moving the second part based on the supplementary information. The method includes identifying a visual field in the virtual space of a second user different from the first user. The method includes generating a visual-field image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Inomata, Kento Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10545339
    Abstract: A method includes defining a virtual space including a 360-degree moving image. The method includes playing back the 360-degree moving image. The method includes detecting a motion of a head-mounted device (HMD). The method includes defining a visual field in the 360-degree moving image based on the detected motion. The method includes detecting an emotion of a first user. The method includes comparing the detected emotion with a first condition. The method includes identifying a playback time of the 360-degree moving image at a timing of satisfaction of the first condition. The method includes identifying a direction indicated by the first user at the timing of satisfaction of the first condition. The method includes identifying a first region including a part of the 360-degree moving image corresponding to the identified direction. The method includes changing an evaluation value of the first region in response to satisfaction of the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Sawaki
  • Patent number: 10539797
    Abstract: A method of providing a 360 degree virtual space to a head mounted display (HMD). The method includes defining the 360 degree virtual space including sections. The method further includes generating synthetic content by synthesizing a main content and sub-content, the main content to be played in the 360 degree virtual space as a 360 degree movie in accordance with a predetermined timeline, and the sub-content to be displayed in a part of a display region of the main content at a temporal position defined by the timeline, the display region is specified by one or more sections of the 360 degree virtual space. The method further includes adapting the synthetic content to the 360 degree virtual space. The method further includes determining a line of sight of a user. The method further includes specifying a field-of-view region based on the line of sight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: COLOPL, INC.
    Inventors: Kento Nakashima, Yuichiro Arai, Naruatsu Baba